Basking in Thoughts of the Bucket List

I’d all but given up on my dream of finding a last minute discount cruise to the Galapagos Islands, my sole reason for flying to Ecuador at the end of my Mexico journey. While Plaza Foch lived up to its reputation as being the central location of dozens of travel agencies, discounts were not as deep as I had hoped. I wandered every street, popping into shop after shop, but nothing seemed to fit within my budget. Between that frustration, the robbery, and my busted camera, I was starting to turn my sights toward a return flight to the US. Continue reading

Huasteca Potosina — Part One, Laguna Media Luna

I’ve quickly learned to not ever say “no” when an invitation comes from my newly acquired group of friends, as I am sure to regret it.  At the conclusion of a recent violin concert, I am chatting with Karen, the friend I hiked with in Santa Rosa.  She asks if I would be interested in joining a group of friends on an upcoming trip to Continue reading

Up to My Neck in Hot Water

I have been on a counter-clockwise loop of sorts around Southwestern Colorado to see sights that interest me.    One category that particularly interests me is hot springs.  I even purchased a guidebook “Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Southwest,” with the intent to visit as many as time allows.  But so far, my quest has been a little frustrating.    It’s been hit or miss, mostly miss. Continue reading

Tale of Two Day Spas

As if a hot air balloon ride wasn’t enough of a birthday indulgence, I decided to treat myself to a spa day.  After all, the balloon ride was on Sunday, which enabled me to rationalize a special treat for my “official birthday” on Tuesday.  I had a tough time deciding between Ten Thousand Waves spa just 3 miles outside of Santa Fe, or Ojo Caliente, an hours drive away.   Both had come highly recommended with adjectives “zen-like” used to describe Ten Thousand Waves, and “magical” waters of Ojo Calliente.   How does one decide between “zen” and “magic?” Continue reading